Arts Season Preview

From stage to gallery, here’s a glimpse of Central Florida’s cultural offerings in the upcoming months.



Broadway Across America will bring a host of musicals to O-town—The Addams Family (Nov. 1-6), South Pacific (Dec. 6-11), Les Miserables (Jan. 17-22), Billy Elliott the Musical (Feb. 15-26), The Lion King (April 17-May 13) and La Cage Aux Folles (June 5-10). Go to for details. Orlando Shakespeare Theater is staging productions of Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of Being Earnest and God of Carnage (, while Mad Cow Theatre moves to a new location at 55 West early next year and will inaugurate the space with the musical Sunday in the Park With George ( Theatre UCF’s ambitious 12-production season includes The Pajama Game and Ragtime ( And, of course, the Orlando Fringe Festival will be back for its 21st season of off-the-wall productions, set for May 16-28 in Loch Haven Park (



A January-through-April exhibit by Barbara Sorensen, known for her large-scale sculptural installations, highlights Orlando Museum of Art’s season, along with concurrent shows next spring featuring scenes of Florida in paintings and photographs ( Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College will feature exhibits of the humorous nude portraiture of Heyd Fontenot and the offbeat watercolors of Kim Russo ( And starting Sept. 27, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park will showcase posters and other items that provide a glimpse into Soviet propaganda during the Cold War era (

Classical Music

The Orlando Philharmonic welcomes internationally renowned violinist Midori, who will perform with the Minnesota Orchestra in a special engagement March 9. The Philharmonic’s 2011-12 musical slate also includes pianist William Wolfram performing Brahms and a salute to the music of James Bond action scores, featuring singer Debbie Gravitte ( In Winter Park, the Bach Festival’s lineup will feature Verdi’s Requiem, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, a performance by clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, and, on March 3, Bach concertos by candlelight in Knowles Memorial Chapel (


Whether you prefer blood suckers or swans, Orlando Ballet will offer something for
everyone. Vampire’s Ball (Oct. 21-23) celebrates the haunting season with vampires and other creatures, while Swans: Black and White is based on the traditional Swan Lake but adds a new spin to the tale of passion, romance, deception and vengeance. The company’s family series includes everyone’s favorite, The Nutcracker, on Dec. 15-18 (


The Orange County Regional History Center will present “Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente,” documenting the late Puerto Rican baseball figure’s contributions to sports and philanthropy. The exhibit runs Jan. 21-March 18 ( The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center in Maitland will showcase U.S. Army photographer Maxine Rude in a Nov. 1-Jan. 12 exhibit that provides a glimpse into the chaos and pathos in Europe at the end of World War II ( The works of noted contemporary photographer Kate Brooks are featured in “In the Light of Darkness’’ Sept. 9-Dec. 6 at Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach. The exhibition is a collection of photographs and personal essays that traces Brooks’ journeys through four areas of conflicts: Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and the Palestinians (

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